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Frame: Sick and Tired

November 8, 2010

Just about everyone I know is some sort of sick right now. Getting over the flu, speaking in a raspy voice, downing emergen-c in too-large-to-be-healthy proportions. Me, I just have a bit of a sore throat, and am (hopefully) staving off anything worse with some tea and various herbal remedies. But I have my arsenal of “I’m sick” food at the ready, just in case: chicken broth, popsicles, and jello. In the meantime, I’ve been interested to see what my already afflicted friends eat when they aren’t exactly on top of the weather. Here are some entrants into the category of “food for when you’re sick”*:

1. Throat Coat tea and Tequila: No judgement, and I’m sure the taste is akin to cough syrup. But really?

2. Wonton Soup: I can get behind this. Clear liquid, minimal solids, but at least a little sustenance.

3. Goldfish crackers and 7up: I love goldfish crackers, and 7up definitely takes me back to being sick and begging my mom to let me stay home from school, so this passes too.

4. Gatorade and oatmeal: I can see the logic in this, but I can’t imagine eating oatmeal when I’m sick.

5. Yogurt and honey: Again, I get it, but any kind of dairy when you’re ill…ick.

6. Pomegranate Martini: Clearly in the “alcohol kills all the germs” camp.

7. Ginger chews and blackberry puree: This actually sounds fantastic to me. I’m putting this in the cabinet/freezer for the next time I’m too sick to care about food.

*Not to be confused with comfort food. Comfort food, such as macaroni and cheese, is not at all what one wants to eat when they are sick. Talk to me the next time you have the flu and I guarantee there is no way you are going to request some form of traditional comfort food.

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